A Japanese Kinkozan Satsuma vase by Sozan, Meiji period , the tapered ovoid body with steep shoulder and three twin-strap handles linking the the neck, the upper half od the body reticulated with a mass of blossoming prunus branches, the remaining body decorated with bands of flowers, fish and fruits dividing further bands of continuous landscape, the whole with additional diaper designs, signed in an elaborate baroque cartouche "Dai Nihon Satsuma Kinkozan sei" and with a further signature reserve "Sozan ga" and with oval Kinkozan paper label to base; with original wood box also bearing a paper Kinkozan label, 30cm high
Provenance: Private UK Collection.
After Yabu Meizan, Sozan is arguably the most sought after of Satsuma artists and some of the finest Kinkozan works came from his hand. Louis Lawrence cites several examples of this master's work in his book "Satsuma, The Romance of Japan", most notably a vase on pp 107-109, and the detail he shows of this and another vase on pp 217-219 is arguably surpassed by this present example. On few if any other works by Sozan is this elaborately pierced and moulded upper section found, a feat of technical virtuosity for both the potter and the kiln handlers.